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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2010
  • pp: 622–624

Electromagetically induced transparency with nuclear spin

Mei-Ju Lu and Jonathan D. Weinstein  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 5, pp. 622-624 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.000622


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Abstract

We report the observation of electromagnetically induced transparency in a sample of cryogenically cooled ground-state atomic ytterbium ( S 0 1 ) . The transparency is produced due to coherence between the optical field and the nuclear spin state of the Yb 173 nucleus. Because the nuclear spin states interact very weakly with their environment, they are resistant to decoherence due to inelastic collisions and inhomogenous fields. Consequently, atomic ensembles of pure nuclear spin states may be a superior medium for a variety of nonlinear optics and quantum information experiments.

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OCIS Codes
(020.1670) Atomic and molecular physics : Coherent optical effects
(020.2070) Atomic and molecular physics : Effects of collisions
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

History
Original Manuscript: October 26, 2009
Revised Manuscript: December 9, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: December 18, 2009
Published: February 19, 2010

Citation
Mei-Ju Lu and Jonathan D. Weinstein, "Electromagnetically induced transparency with nuclear spin," Opt. Lett. 35, 622-624 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-5-622


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